Yesterday I had one of those days where my husband looked at me and said, “Why don’t you have cookies and watch Star Wars?” For my fellow Fandom-girls and -boys, you know what an instant relief it is to delve into one of your favorite worlds—especially with a favorite treat. For the “Inkwell” household, that would be Chocolate-Covered Katie’s Flourless Chocolate-Chip Cookies. (They are the most yummy chocolate-chip cookies on the planet. Get the book, make them, and then send me a thank-you batch. 😉
Back to the purpose of this blog entry: As I was watching the above scene and heard the line, “Always remember: Your focus determines your reality,” I instantly thought of how the Bible teaches us to keep our focus on the things of above (heaven) and not the things around us. Psalms 1:1-3 ESV (emphasis is mine) says this,
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
In Paul’s letter to the Colossians (NLT) he says,
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth….
…Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us….
Our focus becomes our reality. If we focus on the things of above, on the things of Christ, we slowly but surely become more and more like Christ—loving, gracious, selfless, merciful, forgiving, sincere, trustworthy, kind, gentle, strong, etc. Just as Jedi must focus and hone the Force within them over time before they grow into Jedi Knights; to become a Jedi Knight in the faith, we must focus on the things of Christ and let those things grow up in our hearts, minds, souls, and spirits.
If you want to become a Jedi in Christ, your path forward should be clear.
May the force be with you!